2-5 November 2017 | St. Louis, MO, USA

The Nevermore Jazz Ball

The Nevermore Jazz Ball is a one-of-a-kind celebration that features four nights of dancing to live music, two days of workshops, a jazz crawl with live bands on Cherokee Street, vintage vendors, crazy contests, and lots of St. Louis goodness. Nevermore Jazz Ball is a celebration of jazz music and dancing, but also of home and how art helps us belong in a place. With the integration of the Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl and Community Dance Day, Nevermore Jazz Ball is a few festivals in one–come see what it’s all about!

Tickets

Nevermore Jazz Ball 2017 Registration

Full-Weekend Passes and Party Passes are sold out. We still have beginner track passes available, as well as a la carte tickets to the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night main dances.

Click Here to Register for Beginner Track Passes

Click Here for Individual Dance Tickets (a la carte)

 

2017 Full Weekend and Party Pass Pricing

Full Weekend Passes

Full Weekend Passes include all workshops and all dances, Thursday-Sunday. It’s the whole shebang!

Tier 1 – $155 sold out

Tier 2 – $170 sold out

Tier 3 – $185 sold out

Party Passes

Party Passes include all dances Thursday-Sunday but no workshops (except Community Dance Day!)

Tier 1 – $95 sold out

Tier 2 – $110 sold out

Tier 3 – $125 sold out

Beginner Track

The Beginner Track is a special learn-to-dance package that includes entrance to the Friday night dance, a full day of workshops on Saturday, and entrance into the Saturday night dance.

Beginner Track Pass: $99

 

 

2017 Individual Dance Pricing

Individual dance tickets for the following dances will go on sale on Wednesday, October 11th at 10:00am!

Thursday with Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band – $20

Friday with Miss Jubilee – $25

Saturday with Michael Gamble & the Rhythm Serenaders – $30

Housing

Our official event hotel is Hotel Avyan, the closest hotel to Cherokee Street. Housing requests are available here, but Nevermore has grown quickly and St. Louis is still a medium-sized city, so we’re simply not able to accommodate the amount of housing requests we’ve received in the past. The housing request list will be intended to provide an option for those who truly can’t make a hotel or Air B&B work. Hotel reservations will be available beginning on August 1, 2017.

The Nitty Gritty (Registration Policies)

Artists

Music

 

2017 Music Line-Up

We believe in music! Nevermore is just as much about the musicians as it is about the dancers. The Nevermore Jazz Ball is committed to bringing you a one-of-a-kind musical experience with an emphasis on both featuring our magnificent local talent and bringing some top musical talent from across the country. We’ll feature live bands at all of our dances–Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and both late night dances. We’ll top it off with a healthy heaping of great live music at the Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl on Saturday afternoon.

Bands

DJs

Cindiasaurus Rex, St Louis, MO

Instructors

Classes and instruction at Nevermore are selected to provide a diversity of perspectives and styles. You’ll get top-notch in lindy hop, but we’ll round out our lineup with who are experts in other vernacular styles so that you can infuse your dancing with a variety of unique skills and perspectives. Our classes and workshops are usually all levels (intermediate and up) and are best approached with an open mind and a hunger to learn and laugh.

2017 Instructors

Schedule

Here’s a big picture schedule to help you plan. We’ll add exact times and more info as the event nears! We’ll also publish a detailed class schedule.

Nevermore 2017 Schedule Overview

Thursday, November 2nd

Main Dance: Welcome Party with Shake Em Up Jazz Band

Doors: 8:30pm. Band: 9:00pm-12:00am

Friday, November 3rd

Main Dance: Miss Jubilee at Casa Loma Ballroom

Doors: 7:30pm. Band: 9:00pm-12:15am. Partner Battle Prelims at 2nd band break.

Late Night Dance: Gaslight Squares at South Broadway Athletic Club

Doors: 12:45am. Band: 1:00am-4:00am-ish

Saturday, November 4

Daytime:

Workshops ~10:00am-5:00pm, lunch/Jazz Crawl Break from 12:45-3:30pm!

The Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl

Community Dance Day

Main Dance: Michael Gamble & The Rhythm Serenaders at Casa Loma Ballroom

Doors: 8:00pm, Partner Draw Prelims: 8:15pm, Band: 9:00pm-12:00am

*Partner Draw Finals: end of first set. Partner Battle Finals: end of second set

Sunday, November 5

Daytime: Workshops, ~11:15am-5:15pm with lunch break

Main Dance: Michael Gamble & The Rhythm Serenaders at Boo Cat Club

Doors: 8:30pm, Band: 9:00pm-12:00am

Contests

We have two exciting contests lined up for our 2017 event! Contests at Nevermore are meant to tap into the jitterbug spirit–one of throwing down hard and leaving it all out on the dance floor, inspiring each other to new heights. Sure, there will be judges and someone will come in first place etc. etc., but we believe that competing is not so much about who wins or loses as it is about the exchange of energy and ideas between competitors, musicians, and public!

St. Louis Shag Partner Draw

In this contest, you’ll enter as an individual leader or follower and get paired with random partners. It’s the first St. Louis Shag Partner Draw that we know of–be a part of history! $10/individual

Couples’ Jitterbug Contest

All swing styles welcome. Unofficial bonus points for incorporating St. Louis Shag and St. Louis-stye swing. Mostly, enter with the partner of your choice and show your stuff! $20/couple

Classes

A word about classes at the Nevermore Jazz Ball: in the spirit of welcoming diverse perspectives, getting out of your usual comfort zone, and embracing the new & different, classes at Nevermore are “try-it” style, meaning you’ll have exposure to some great bread & butter lindy hop, some traditional jazz, and other various vernacular styles. Come with an open mind! Class schedule will be posted here in the fall of 2017.

For planning purposes, classes will run approximately between the times of 10am-5:30pm on Saturday and 11:00am-5:00pm on Sunday.

Venues

St. Louis itself is the venue-at-large of the Nevermore Jazz Ball. Here are some specific historic spots that will help to define our 2016 festival!

Casa Loma Ballroom (Friday & Saturday Main Dances)
3354 Iowa Ave. 63118
Paid lot at Cherokee & Iowa or free lot at Cherokee & California. Street parking on Cherokee

*A note about parking on Cherokee Street: generally, parking on or near Cherokee is preferable to parking far north or south of the street because there’s more foot traffic and lighting on Cherokee. If you’re parking on Cherokee, consider parking east of Michigan*

South Broadway Athletic Club (Friday &  Saturday Late Nights)
2301 S. 7th Street 63104
Lot across the street has additional parking.

Boo Cat Club (Sunday Night)
812 Union Blvd. 63112
Lot parking (entrance adjacent to building) or street parking

2720 Cherokee 
2720 Cherokee Street 63118
Street parking on Cherokee St.

St. Matthew’s Church
3453 S. Jefferson 63118
Street parking on Cherokee & Jefferson. Meters monitored on Saturday, free on Sunday. Do not park behind church–that is for residents only.

Hotel & Travel

Event Hotel

For the first time, we have an official event hotel! We have a Nevermore Jazz Ball room block at Hotel Avyan at the corner of Jefferson & Lafayette. It’s the hotel closest to Cherokee Street, where the bulk of our events will take place. Rooms with two double beds are available for $99/night and you can book rooms in this block starting on August 1, 2017. www.HotelAvyan.com or (314) 773-6500.

Getting Around STL

St. Louis has Lyft, Uber, and traditional taxis. There are buses and two metro lines that are safe and run well, but public transit is not super extensive. You can easily take the MetroLink from Lambert Airport into the city and catch a taxi or an Uber from there. A car (or a friend with a car!) can be helpful, and bicycles are great if you’re comfortable getting around that way.

Take care when you’re traveling and parking to park and walk in well-lit, well-trafficked areas.

 

Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl

The one-and-only Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl returns to this year’s festival with afternoon and evening sets of live music up and down the street, a brass band, and community dance classes! Join us on Saturday November 4th, for this free, open-to-the-public aspect of the event featuring St. Louis’ best jazz and swing musicians in Cherokee Street’s singular venues.

Main Set 12:30-3:30 PM, East –> West

Tommy Halloran’s Guerrilla Swing — Retro 101, 2303 Cherokee
Miss Jubilee — Foam Coffee and Beer, 3359 S. Jefferson
Wack-A-Doo — Fortune Teller Bar, 2635 Cherokee
Sweetie & Chase Garrett — Bespoke, 2650 Cherokee
Gaslight Squares — Yaqui’s, 2728 Cherokee
St. Boogie Brass Band — Street Parade (2-3pm)

Second Set 4-7 PM

Record Spin — The B Side, 2709 Cherokee
The Rag-O-Philes (ft. Bill Mason) — Yaqui’s, 2728 Cherokee
TBA — Foam Coffee and Beer, 3359 S. Jefferson

Community Dance Day

As part of the Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl 2017, the 2nd annual Community Dance Day will be a day of free and open-to-the-public dance classes for friends and neighbors of all ages. With styles ranging from break dancing to the bop to the charleston, Community Dance Day is a celebration of the fact that dance is a great way to bring people together.

We’re working on the 2017 lineup and will post it here soon, but so that you can get an idea of what to expect, here’s what the 2016 lineup looked like:

Community Dance Day Lineup

COMMUNITY DANCE DAY LINEUP
All classes will be taught at the introductory level–no experience required. Dress to move! Drop in for one class or stay all day.

LOCATION: 2720 Cherokee Street – Main Floor

11:00am – Swing Dancing with St. Louis Jitterbugs
12:00pm – Foot Sweeps and Grooves, Break Dancing with Martell Stepney
1:00pm – Hip Hop with Jordan Jackson
2:00pm – The St. Louis Bop with Marqua McGull and The St. Louis Bop Preservation Society
3:00pm – St. Louis Shag with David Deenik and Kerry Kapaku (Nevermore Jazz Ball 2015 St. Louis Shag champions! 🙂 )

Bring your friends and family!* No cost to participate. Stick around Cherokee Street and enjoy the Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl 2016. All brought to you by the Nevermore Jazz Ball, co-sponsored by Lindy Hop St. Louis and the St. Louis Jitterbugs.

*minor children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

The Nevermore Code

We take fun seriously at the Nevermore Jazz Ball, and this means if you want to join in, you agree to abide by our Code of Conduct, no exceptions. Many of these points go without saying, but we’re still going to say them, write them, and live by them. Please familiarize yourself with these points and revisit them as needed throughout the event.

Code Of Conduct

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Beccy Aldrich

During the event, we will have event staff members and at least one external contact person to address any concerns you may have. Your concerns will be treated professionally and confidentially. Beccy Aldrich and Jenna Applegarth are the Safe Spaces contacts for this event.You can speak to either of them in person to address a concern during the event. Alternately, you can email your concern to safety@lindyhopstlouis.org. You may also contact us anonymously (or include your name/contact info, if you wish) using this form: http://tinyurl.com/LHSLsafety. Event directors Jenny Shirar (jenny@lindyhopstlouis.org) and Christian Frommelt (christian@lindyhopstlouis.org) are also available to talk to you about any concerns you may have.

Nevermore Values